Frosted Roses Release Five: Secrets of the Mountain

Welcome back to the Frosted Roses Blog Tour. We are up to book number five of our Six fairy-tale retellings. Tocays book is Secret’s of the Mountain by Wyn Estelle Ownes. This Snow White and Rose Red takes the classic tale and gives it a Norse twist.

Here are links to my posts about the previous four books:

My book Runaway Lyrics released Tuesday the 21st: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

As long as we Live, by Cortney Manning came out on Wednesday the 22nd: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington went live on Friday the 24th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/24/frosted-roses-release-three-gilded-in-ice/

Rose Petals and Snowflakes by Kendra E. Ardnek released on Saturday the 25th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/25/frosted-roses-release-four-rose-petals-and-snowflakes/

Remember there’s a giveaway on our main tour page. (scroll all the way down for the raffle copter widget.) The winner gets four books in paperback, (one of which is my book Runaway Lyrics) and a red and white rose necklace. There’s only two days left so get your entries in now.

Secrets of the Mountain 

If there’s one thing Svanhilda has always known, it’s the importance of family. When her little sister Rósfrída was born, Svanhilda promised her mother that she and her sister would stick together. But as the years passed, tragedy after tragedy befell her family, ripping it apart piece by piece, until only Svanhilda remains at home with her ailing mother. And Rósfrída? She has stayed with Svanhilda, as they promised long ago—every time Svanhilda looks at her reflection, she sees her little sister instead, trapped in a prison of mirrors and treasure. Their only hope is that either their seafaring Father or Rósfrída’s strange bear friend might find a way to free her. 
 
Tryggvi lost his mother and father a long, long time ago—so long ago that he barely remembers them. When a boy prince named Asbjǫrn finds him wandering in the woods, he takes Tryggvi home and calls him brother, and his parents welcome Tryggvi as their son. Some years later, Asbjǫrn leaves to study for a year… but he never returns, and is thought dead and gone. 
But Tryggvi is convinced his brother still lives–and not without evidence. So, now that he is finally old enough, Tryggvi sets out to find Asbjǫrn, armed with his cat and an amber pendant which enables him to see the truth of things. And he will find out the truth and bring his big brother home. After all, he promised his baby sister he would, and that’s not a promise he’s willing to break. 
 
On the mountain there is a cave, and in the cave there is a mirror, and in that mirror live two friends: a girl and a bear, trapped in secrets, imprisoned by treasures of great worth. But help is coming, and the secret deeds done in darkness will be revealed, and the prisoners will be set free. 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0996BQS11/ 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58543220-secrets-of-the-mountain 

Author Bio: 

Wyn Estelle Owens is the penname of a young woman who’s still figuring out what this whole ‘adult’ thing is all about. She lives in a big, old house in Maryland by a Hundred Acre Wood (dubbed Neldoreth) with her parents, three occasionally obnoxious brothers, her dog Jackie, and her personal plot bunny, Joker. 
She is fond of reading, writing, drawing, speaking in dead or imaginary languages, playing videogames, quoting classic or obscure literature, being randomly dramatic, and generally making things out of yarn. Her dream is to write stories that inspire people to chase after the wonderful world of storytelling. 
Her favorite all-time authors are Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Christa Kinde, and above all, J.R.R. Tolkien, who first inspired her to pursuing novel writing when she read the Hobbit at the age of seven. 

Find her online at:  Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon 

Frosted Roses Release Four: Rose Petals and Snowflakes.

Welcome to the fourth release for the Frosted Roses Fairy-tale blog tour.

Today I’m spotlighting Rose Petals and Snowflakes, by Kendra E. Ardnek. She’s the very motivated individual who not only started the Arista Fairy-tale retellers but she put a ton of work into this blog tour. Check out the main blog tour page for more posts about her Jane Austen fairy-tale mashup.

https://aristasdirectory.blogspot.com/p/six-frosted-roses.html

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the tour page for a raffle copter giveaway. The winner gets four of the Frosted Roses books in paperback and a frosted roses necklace.

Check out the first release (It’s my book) here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

The second release is here: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Here’s the link to my review of the third release: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/24/frosted-roses-release-three-gilded-in-ice/

The Austen Fairy Tale #1 

Rose Petals & Snowflakes 

After their father’s death, and thanks to their older half-brother’s wanderlust, two sisters find themselves caught in the politics of mysterious forest. Elinrose finds herself in direct conflict with the wood’s Mistress, while Snowmari hides a deadly secret that could mean her death if found out. Can their bonds of sisterhood withstand these trying times? Or will they even make it out alive? 

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09GXDLZQP 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55816493-rose-petals-and-snowflakes 

Preorder #2 Crown and Cinder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B4DG79B/ 

Author Bio: 

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks. 
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon 

Frosted Roses Release Two: As Long As We Live

The Six Frosted Roses collection

Today is the second day of the Frosted Rose Releases. Here’s the post for day one.

Today’s Release is As Long as we Live by Cortney Manning. I’m just spotlighting her book here because it’s an Epic fantasy at 100k words. I did not have time to read it before this post went up. I will say that it does sound interesting and I eagerly await the time to read it. Also, the cover is gorgeous.

As Long as We Live 

Book Description: 

Three human sisters live in a Fae realm where every prince is blessed or cursed by a gift of magic, and royal rivalry threatens the future of the land. 
 
Ivy Durran, the oldest sister, is a resilient young woman who clings to her sunny resolve even in the darkest situation. When a terrible blizzard strikes the land, she feels responsible for protecting her sisters: adventurous Rose and vivacious Poppy. However, the storm drives an unexpected visitor to their doorstep, one who could bring hope or danger with his arrival. 
 
Meanwhile, Pierre, the newly crowned ruler of Concoria, strives to bring order to his frozen land and tranquility to his troubled brothers. Nevertheless, the deep magic of Concoria is not easy to tame. While Pierre would love nothing more than to escape into a simple life close to Ivy, the human lass he met years before, he instead shoulders his burdens and seeks healing for his kingdom and family. 
 
Dark magic, frigid storms, and deadly predators must be overcome if Ivy and Pierre have any hope of saving their families and their homeland. 
 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098LX4ZHV/   

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58480113-as-long-as-we-live  

Author Bio: 

Cortney Manning resides in Florida but has always loved traveling the world. She holds a master’s degree in Victorian Literature from the University of Glasgow and has a not-so-secret love of fantasy as well. Her writing can be found on her website, on https://gohavok.com/, and in the Rooglewood Press anthology, Five Poisoned Apples. In her free time, Cortney enjoys walking, drawing, and afternoon tea. 
 
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon 

Click here to see the entire Frosted Roses blog tour including all the blogs featuring more about Cortney’s book.

There’s also a link to the spotlight kit. Feel free to share about any of the books that interest you. Kendra is hosting a giveaway for people who share about the releases.

Runaway Lyrics Release Day!

It’s out of the box!.

It’s finally here.

Runaway Lyrics is out in the world and I am nervous.

People can buy it. They can read it. What if no one likes it?

(hides book baby from everyone)

Thankfully I was lucky enough to be part of the Frosted Roses Release. The amazing Kendra E. Ardnek put together a blog tour for six new books all based on the same fairy-tale — Snow White and Rose Red.

My Book is the first to release; it’s so much pressure.

It’s good though, because now I can’t hide it. I have a whole host of bloggers all posting about my book today. Also Kendra made me a ton of fancy graphics with my book in them.

Check out the awesome blogs below, to learn all about Runaway Lyrics:

Edit to state that all of the blogs have been updated and the link to will take you directly to the Runaway Lyrics post on that site.

Interviews:
Fantastical Notions – Rose
Mae Heller – C.O. Bonham


Character Spotlights:
Rachel Rossano – Bayare
A Splash of Ink – Rose
Live. Love. Read. – Wickham
Dreams & Dragons – Snow

Guest Posts:
Laura A. Grace – Becoming the Musician
Deeply Shallow – How the Dwarf Kept His Beard

Ellwyn’s Blog – The Magic of Music

Reviews:
The Arista’s Directory
Blooming With Books
The Lost Review of Odd Books
Light and Shadows

If you’re looking for more musical fun:

Check out my Playlist on YouTube full of Lindsey Stirling music videos and awesome violin music. All of which inspired parts of the book.

You can also download Runaway Lyrics themed wallpapers for your desktop or mobile device.

And of course don’t forget to buy a copy! It’s available on Amazon in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited!

If you read it will you consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads? Or you can even just pop back over to this post to let me know what you thought.

Now to start writing the next one!

Be Our Guest Post: Michele Israel Harper

Today I have the honor of kicking off the blog tour for Michele Israel Harper’s latest book, Silence the Siren.

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of dropping a sneak peek of the third book Quell the Nightingale. Silence the Siren is the second book. So I guess we’re going out of order a bit.

Silence the Siren follows the adventures of Ro, the beast hunter, as she travels to the Caribbean to deal with the deadly sirens that have been sinking ships.

Author Michele Israel Harper is joining us today to share about her inspirations for this exciting fairytale reimagining.

But first, here’s what the book is about:

Huntress Ro LeFèvre is hired to hunt the sirens who have been sinking the king of
Angleterre’s ships, and in turn, vast amounts of his wealth. All who have gone before her
have failed.


Fleeing heartbreak, Ro gladly accepts, but there’s just one problem. The king will credit the
Marquis de la Valère, and no other women are allowed on the voyage.


Ro will just see about that. Hiring an all-female pirate crew without the king’s knowledge,
Ro hopes they will follow her to the Caribbean, not take the gold and flee.


But when Ro is plunged deep into the ocean by the siren she’s being paid to kill, presented
the sirens’ side of the story at knife point, and pressed to join them or die, Ro must decide
whether to complete her mission, join the sirens, or something in between.


Before the sirens sink the ship full of men above.

The Official release date is tomorrow. You can order/preorder at the following Link: https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/silence-the-siren/

Be Our Guest Post:

Inspirations for Silence the Siren

By Michele Israel Harper

Thank you so much, Cathrine, for hosting me on your blog today! I am so thrilled to be featured for this first stop of my blog tour.

Three things specifically inspired my latest book in the Beast Hunters series, Silence the Siren.

One, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

You see, I had been raised with Disney’s versions of fairy tales, not so much Brothers Grimm. So the first time I read Andersen’s Little Mermaid, I threw the book across the room.

(Okay, so I threw my Kindle, so I immediately had to cradle it and apologize.)

The mermaid didn’t get her prince? She died? And turned to sea foam?

Oh, heck no.

So I had to right certain injustices in Silence the Siren, though my characters totally took over and changed a few things from what I had originally planned.

Two, “The Ballad of Mulan.”

So I thought this would totally be my Mulan story! (Hint: it’s not.)

Mulan is easily in my top-five Disney animated princesses (Belle, Ariel, Moana, Mulan, and Tiana, in that order. Gah! Love Jasmine too. Anyway.), and although I try to pull story elements from the original fairy tale, there isn’t much to Mulan’s ballad.

(Read a lovely version of it here: https://mulanbook.com/pages/northern-wei/ballad-of-mulan)

(Also, can you tell I’m totally obsessed with parentheses right now? I will do my best to refrain for the rest of this post. We shall see if I succeed . . .)

Anyway (can you tell I also get easily distracted?), the main elements I could retell from the ballad are that Mulan dresses as a male soldier to take her father’s place, the men have no idea, and she travels with them for twelve years before she returns home and reveals who she is to her soldiers.

They’re all like, “Wow! We had no idea!”

And that’s it.

(Disney did a smashing job retelling this, if I do say so myself.)

So in Silence the Siren, someone dresses as a boy, sneaks aboard the ship the huntress is on—and none of that plus the many other things happen to her are Mulan-esque.

BUT. Mulan seamlessly moved into my next book, Quell the Nightingale, as herself, and it is glorious. I mean, I’m retelling Andersen’s Nightingale in that one, so it’s even more perfect!

(She is such a cool warrior chick, you guys.)

And three, the story of Snow White and Rose Red.

I have to tread delicately here, because this story thread contains some major spoilers, and these sisters’ full story is revealed in book four, Slay the Wolf.

(Yes, I have the full series outlined and mostly drafted—we’re just in the revising and revising and revising phase.)

Once Quell the Nightingale goes to my editor (next month, I hope?), I shall begin revising what I’ve written for Slay the Wolf. And then I can tell you all you want to know about my Rose Red and Snow White and more!

Whew! This series has taken on a life of its own! And it’s somewhat difficult to focus on Silence the Siren once again when I’m so close to finishing Quell.

But I hope you will love following French huntress Ro LeFèvre on this latest adventure, where she faces off with the English king, travels across the Seven Seas, and faces the Sirens of the Caribbean.

Thank you so much for having me today, Cathrine! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

Michele

Giveaway, photo challenge, and party oh my!

Author Michele Israel Harper is hosting a giveaway through Kingsumo. There will be extra entries for joining in the Instagram challenge on the 15th-21st.

Silence the Siren Newsletter Giveaway: https://kingsumo.com/g/2owetc/silence-the-siren-newsletter-giveaway

Want more giveaways?

The Facebook release parties from L2L2 publishing are always a tone of fun and chock full of giveaways.

Online Silence the Siren Release Party, Thursday, August 19th, 8–10 PM EST.

RSVP at this Party Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/l2l2bookreleaseparties

About the Author:

Michele Israel Harper spends her days as an acquisitions editor for L2L2 Publishing and
her nights spinning her own tales. Sleep? Sometimes . . . She has her Bachelor of Arts in
history, is slightly obsessed with all things French—including Jeanne d’Arc and La Belle et
la Bête—and loves curling up with a good book more than just about anything else.

Author of nine published novels as well as an award-winning freelance editor in her spare
time, Michele prays her involvement in writing, editing, and publishing creates many
enjoyable books in the years to come. Visit http://www.micheleisraelharper.com to keep in touch
or sign up for her newsletter.


Social Media Links:
Website: www.micheleisraelharper.com
Amazon Author: www.amazon.com/Michele-Israel-Harper/e/B016YW4Q6Q
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14554353.Michele_Israel_Harper
BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/michele-israel-harper
Instagram: www.instagram.com/michele_israel_harper
Twitter: www.twitter.com/micheleiharper
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MicheleIsraelHarper
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/micheleisraelharper

More Blog Tour Links:

• Tuesday, August 17th, “Random Interview with Author Michele Israel Harper” H.L. Burke,
https://www.hlburkeauthor.com/blog
• Wednesday, August 18th, “Review of Silence the Siren” Kelly Bridgewater, https://kellybridgewater.blogspot.com
• Thursday, August 19th, “Guest Post: Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Silence the Siren” Jaye L. Knight,
https://www.blog.jayelknight.com
• Friday, August 20th, “A Visual Sneak Peek of the Characters in Silence the Siren” Laura A. Grace,
https://www.lauraagrace.com/blog

Quell the Nightingale Cover Reveal

Today I have another cover reveal/book announcement. This book is the third book in the Beast Hunter series of fairytale retellings. You can read my review of the first book here.

Quell the Nightingale: Book Three of the Beast Hunters

By: Michele Israel Harper

Back Cover Copy:

Huntress Ro LeFèvre races back to France with one thought on her mind: get there before her niece succumbs to a sleeping curse—a niece she didn’t even know she had.

Ro must use all her skills as a huntress to find the enchantress responsible before the child reaches the point of no return, before she is crushed by the curse’s power and never wakes again.

Thanks to her extended time fighting the sirens, she hasn’t much time.

Trapped in a tower with a feisty girl who is far too protective of her pet swans and her enormous coils of hair, Ro’s heart is shattered when the mysterious empress known only as the Nightingale keeps Ro from her goal, toying with her as though she has all the time in the world to waste.

Where is the blasted Queen of the Fairies when Ro needs her most?

This charming and nonstop adventure is a Wild Swans, Rapunzel, and Nightingale mashup, with hints of “The Ballad of Mulan,” and is the third book in the Beast Hunters series.

There is no release date or any pre-order set up for this book, but as soon as there is one rest assured I will let you know.

Cover Reveal: The Frog Prince’s Courtship.

So one of my favorite genres is fairy tale retellings. Which is strange because I really value originality in my fiction. (It’s one of the reason’s that fan fiction doesn’t impress me much.) But sometimes having a formulaic plot to adhere to really lets the author shine by putting more of their energy into producing original characters and unique worldbuilding. (Actually I’m currently writing a fairy tale retelling.)

So when my friend RJ was looking for people to share the cover of her new frog prince retelling I jumped on it. RJ Conte is an amazing author who has a talent for writing relatable characters. I can’t wait to see what she brings to this timeless story.

Kiss a frog and get a dreamy prince – every princess’s recipe for happily ever after… right?

Not for Revelle, second daughter of the king of Aileh. This girl’s got no time for marriage. She’s got a secret dream of being queen.

When a mischievous Fairy brings a reluctant Revelle a prince cursed to be a frog, the princess does her duty and kisses him, but then she wants him gone. However, he’s a visiting royal far from home, and he has his eyes on winning her hand. She’s got to admit the handsome blond dude isn’t hard on the eyes, but she’s got other plans in the works – like convincing the council to be open to the idea of a female monarch next year when her father retires. Leon, former frog prince, seems to be turning out to be an eager ally, but his ideas about how their enemies in Fairy Reservation are being treated are messing with Revelle’s head. Seems like being queen AND getting the guy is impossible – or is it?

If this sounds like a fairy tale rom-com that you’d enjoy, then be sure to pre order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09782BTMX

Hurry the book releases June 21st.

About the author:

RJ Conte has kissed only one boy in her entire life – and she married him – inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since. She writes issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul while pointing readers to their Creator.

She writes a blog on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating at http://blonderj.wordpress.com

Cover Reveal: The Bear of Rosethorn Ring.

Today’s cover reveal is for a new book in the Once Upon a Twist Tales. You can click here to read my review of book three, Diamond. The new book is also a direct sequel to Diamond, so catch up before the fourth book releases.

About the Series:

Once Upon a Twist Tales are your favorite fairytales retold backwards and upside-down, with a little bit of steampunk thrown in for fun!

You can find the first three books on amazon if you want to read them before the new one releases.

About the Book:

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring: A Snow White and Rose Red Story (Once Upon a Twist Tales, Book #4)

How far would Snow White and Rose Red go to save the man behind the bear?

When their father runs away, Marita and Diamond Kadlec realize how different twins can be. Marita’s ready to forget Lucas entirely, but Diamond wants to give him the second chance she’s never been able to give before. That’s before they discover that Lucas is indebted to the ill-tempered D’vard and his traveling circus, the Rosethorn Ring. The Ring’s entertainment lacks a bear, and Lucas must play the part of the savage creature to regain his freedom.

Lorcan D’vard cares only for three things: tending to his beloved beard, promoting his Rosethorn Ring, and eradicating the assassin out to kill him. With time running out, D’vard agrees to cancel Lucas’s debt and let him go free – if Marita and Diamond can apprehend the assassin before the assassin ends the show.

This is Snow White and Rose Red with a twist like you’ve never seen it before!

The Bear of Rosethorn Ring releases April 6th, 2021

About the Author:

Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.

Tattered Slippers: The Midnight Show.

Two posts in one week, That’s weird for me. The reason is that I’m still participating in the Tattered Slippers blog tour. To day is the Release day for: The Midnight Show.

For the Midnight show I’m hosting a guest post by Author Sarah Pennington. Well It’s actually by her character Dayo Temitrope.

A Day in the Life of Dayo Temitrope

Hello, Cathrine and readers of Cobonham! Thanks for having me here! I’m excited to share a little something about The Midnight Show with you, but I wanted to do something a little different from the usual guest post. So, instead of me talking, I’m handing the mic over to Dayo Temitrope, swing singer and one of the stars of the novel, so she can share a little about her life. Take it away, Dayo!

A day in my life? Well, there’s not much to tell — the life of a singer isn’t half as glamorous as some people think. Not at my level, anyway. Now, if you talked to someone like one of the Kariukus —

Oh. What’s that? You want me to include the odd bits? That’s a bit more personal than these news pieces usually go, isn’t it? But you said this won’t be distributed in Innsjøby, so . . . I suppose it’s all right. But the last thing I need on my hands right now is a scandal.

So, then. My days lately — for the last six months, actually — usually start out with me waking up with sore feet and worn-out dancing shoes and no explanation for either. It’s gone on so long that it’s moved past concerning and into tiresome. And expensive. Not that I mind an excuse to go shoe-shopping more often, but when you have to do it every week for months, it loses its charm, you know?

Anyway. Wake-up, then the usual morning routine: make-up, outfit, breakfast. Most days, that’s just fruit and toast. I like to keep things quiet in the mornings; it helps balance out my evenings. That’s when everything exciting really happens. More exciting things than even I really know about, you could say.

Photo by Gustavo Fring on Pexels.com

After breakfast, I’ll either work on writing my next song or I’ll go out and do my shopping for the next day or two. Oh, what, you didn’t think one of the best up-and-coming stars of the swing stage would do her own shopping? Well, some might not, but I don’t need more people hanging about my life when I’m off-stage, you know? Besides, there are some lovely little shops just a few blocks away from my house, within walking distance even on a bad day. There’s even a little market there that’s just the berries — I’ve gotten strawberries and mangos in midwinter from some of the stalls, and not the horrible hothouse ones. Well, of course, that means they’re grown by fair-born folk. But they’re safe as anything grown by humans, whatever people say, and it’s hardly those people’s fault they had a fae for a parent.

Where was I? Oh. Yes. After shopping or songwriting and then lunch, I’m off again to practice with my band for the evening’s performance. I have a rotation of three clubs I play: the Carousel Club, the Ologba Po, and the Nordstjernen. The Ologba Po’s my favorite, even if the Carousel Club is swankier. Everyone’s friendly there, and on good nights, the audience sings along. It really makes a girl feel appreciated.

Anyway, practice runs right up to performance time more days than not, with just enough time for the band and me to get a bit of a rest and change into stage clothes. Sure, that’s tiring, especially on bad days — sometimes, by the time my show starts, my feet hurt so much it’s a struggle to keep the stage smile up. But I manage. And I don’t have time to dwell on how tired I am until after my first set ends. And I always stipulate free drinks and snacks in my contracts, so then I have a delicious distraction. That’s another reason I love the Ologba — their cordials are to die for. If you’re ever in town, you ought to go by and try them.

I do two or three sets most nights, depending on the club and the day and what my employers want. By the end of the night, I’m usually too tired to do much more than fall into bed. After that — well, I don’t know what happens. I must have some sort of blowout, or something, to wear out my shoes and my feet by morning. But I sure as anything don’t know what it is. I suppose I’ll find out soon; that’s why I told my manager to find a P.I. to look into things. I just hope he can figure out what’s really happening.

This mystery is the case of his dreams — and her nightmares.

By day, Dayo Temitrope is a swinging singer, an up-and-coming star with a shining career ahead of her. By night, she’s . . . well, she’s not sure, but whatever she does leaves her every morning with sore feet and worn-out shoes. And after six months, she’s had enough.

Enter Bastian Dennell, a private investigator just trying to get by. When Dayo hires him to find out where she goes at night, he’s sure it’s his big break: his chance to establish himself and get the funds to pay off his family’s debt. Plus, he gets to work with his favorite singer, even if she isn’t exactly what he expected. What could be better?

But first he has to solve the case — which means navigating a tangled web of strange dreams, fair folk schemes, and show business. It will take all Bastian’s wits, along with the shining talents of Dayo herself, to figure out the truth before the curtains close for good on Dayo’s career.

A jazz-age-inspired twist on the Twelve Dancing Princesses from the author of Blood in the Snow.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Show-Sarah-Pennington-ebook/dp/B08B1RV653/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/b…/show/53954978-the-midnight-show

About the Author:

Sarah Pennington has been writing stories since before she actually knew how to write, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is perpetually in the middle of writing at least one or two novels, most of which are in the fantasy and fairy tale retelling genres. Sarah’s first published work, Blood in the Snow, received a perfect score and Special Unicorn status in Rooglewood Press’s Five Poisoned Apples contest. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys knitting, photography, and trying to conquer her massive to-be-read list.
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Second Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Amazon 

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Tattered slippers blog tour: The Dancing Princess

Tattered Slippers Release Tour:

What are the Tattered Slippers?

The Tattered Slippers are six retellings of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by six different authors, each one fantastic and magical. You don’t want to miss any of them!

To view the complete tour schedual please click here: https://kendrasgiraffecrafts.blogspot.com/p/tattered-slippers-blog-tour.html

Today is release day for the first Tattered Slippers book, The Dancing Princess. I was honored to read an advanced copy of this short novella so that I could provide you with an honest review today.

The Dancing princess is the fifth and final story in the Twist of Adventure fairytale retelling series. Even though it’s last, each story is 100% stand alone and they can be read in any order.

A Twist of Adventure #5: Plagued by nightmares for the last few years, Katrine only wanted answers. Instead, she finds herself trapped in a tangled web of melody as she tries to free a cursed king and his brothers. No one deserves existence such as theirs, but dare she risk her very life?

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B8Z6CLW/

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50512612-the-dancing-princess?fbclid=IwAR2guIU0BhK3Pd3G2puVNhxbFnabQHGXNp1f_rl90gg_f5E9LJjuhDe7nKk

Author Bio:

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.

Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon

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Dive in Review, The Dancing Princess:

I really enjoyed this short re-imagining of the twelve dancing princesses. This time around it’s one princess trying to save 12 princes. But like the rest of her “Twist of” series, this is not a straight gender swap. This story draws in Russian folk tale Baba Yaga, and includes a Beauty and the Beast vibe as well.

This short story also features an original magic system that I found interesting and compelling. I would be interested to see what this song master and her song warriors can do if given a full length novel.

Katrine was a great protagonist. She took everything in stride and even at the end she was prepared to make the hard choice. Oddly enough it only seemed to be hard for her, I would have done it with no reservations.

I was given an ARC of this story as part of the Tattered slippers tour so that I may provide an honest review. The above review is my own honest opinion and is honestly and willingly given.

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